Interaction Weekly
Aug. 13, 2014

Proposed changes to child care laws spell 'crisis' in Ontario
Metro
A "child care crisis" is in the works if Ontario's proposed changes to the Childcare Modernization Act are passed into law, says a group of unlicensed day care providers. The Ottawa-based Coalition of Independent Childcare Providers of Ontario (CICPO) is calling on the Ministry of Education to rethink Bill 10. The bill would, among other things, ban unlicensed day care providers from caring for more than two children under the age of two and would cap the total number of children at a day care at five. More

Sault College opens another day care
SooToday.com
Looking for safe, inclusive and affordable childcare in Sault Ste. Marie? The Child and Family Centre at Sault College is pleased to announce that they are now accepting registrations for its newest daycare facility located on the Sault College campus.More

Infant care spaces are disappearing across Muskoka
Bracebridge Examiner
It was expected and now it’s here. Daycares are changing how they operate and who they serve now that full-day kindergarten has taken their most profitable clientele, those aged 3.8 years and older. The last round of schools to implement full-day kindergarten will open their new classrooms this fall, landing the final blow to some day cares. More

Dear daughter, you can be whatever kind of mother you want
The Huffington Post
My dearest little girl, You are only four years old but already you're thinking about the future. Sometimes you say you'll be a ballerina when you grow up; sometimes a doctor, like mummy. The thing is, you can do anything you want to. You're lucky, like me, to be born in a country with excellent living standards and educational opportunities. More

Reaction mixed to B.C.'s offer to give parents $40/day for children if school strike continues
The Province
The B.C. government's promise to give $40 a day to parents if the teachers strike drags on into the fall was met with mixed reaction. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the subsidy will be offered to parents of public school students under 13 for as long as the labour dispute continues. More

Sault College opens another day care
SooToday.com
Looking for safe, inclusive and affordable childcare in Sault Ste. Marie? The Child and Family Centre at Sault College is pleased to announce that they are now accepting registrations for its newest daycare facility located on the Sault College campus.More

Have parents forgotten how to help one another?
Yahoo!
I was the first of my friends to get pregnant-my girlfriends and colleagues, for the most part, were single or just getting engaged. Desperate for someone to talk to about placentas and stretch marks, I signed up for a prenatal yoga class. I hate yoga, but had the dreamy idea that I'd instantly bond with the other moms-to-be. I mean, wasn't that supposed to happen naturally when a room full of preggos got together? More

The case against for-profit 'big box' child care
Toronto Star
In an increasingly market-driven Canada, it should not be surprising that profit-making services are still part of the child care landscape. However, the last decades’ rise of “big-box” child care in Canada has been greeted with alarm by advocates for whom this is incompatible with the equitable, inclusive, high quality early childhood system they have long sought. More

App to keep track of kids at day care
The Hindu
Parents who send their kids to day care centres often worry about their well-being. They need not any more. A Finland-based company has now developed an app that allows parents to be in constant touch with the care providers. Developed by While On The Move, the “Daisy” software of the company is an information system for early childhood education based on near field communications (NFC) technology and provides a mobile application for day care centres and family child care providers. More

Time capsule from 1984 a treasure trove of kids' musings, photos
Calgary Herald
It was the year of the Cabbage Patch Kid, those chubby cheeked, gnome-like dolls that flew off the shelves faster than toy stores could stock them. Wendy’s pitchwoman Clara Peller was shouting, “Where’s the Beef?” on TV, while Michael Jackson had fans singing “Just Beat it” when we weren’t humming along to the theme from Ghostbusters.More

U.K.: Child care costs soar past the ability of minimum wage owners to afford them
The Independent
The cost of bringing up children has soared in the last year, leaving families on the minimum wage 18 per cent short of the basic amount needed to live on. Research from the Child Poverty Action Group and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows how the costs involved in raising children have increased far faster than wages, leaving many parents struggling.More